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Last Build Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:50:43 -0700

 



Roomba’s collection of personal home data a possible threat to livelihood of owners

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:50:43 -0700

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High-end models of Roomba, iRobot’s robotic vacuum, collect data as they clean, identifying the locations of people’s walls and furniture to avoid crashing into them. It also creates a map of the home, which iRobot is considering selling to Amazon, Apple or Google.



Lyft experiments with ‘Taco Mode’ in ride-hailing app

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:24:39 -0700

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Fast-food chain Taco Bell is beginning a venture with the ride-sharing company this week that will allow Lyft passengers to request rides that incorporate a stop at a Taco Bell drive-thru between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m.



Idaho company that brings pet prescriptions to grocery stores goes public

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:15:55 -0700

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PetIQ, of Eagle, Idaho, says it is the first and leading seller to retail stores of premium, “veterinarian grade” pet medications and health products that you could buy previously only through veterinarians. Its stock went public last week.



Cuomo to meet with US transportation chief amid transit woes

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:43:10 -0700

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s governor is headed to Washington to meet with U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao amid New York City’s ongoing transit troubles. In a statement, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) said Wednesday’s meeting would focus on long-delayed plans to build a new Hudson River tunnel to relieve congestion on busy rail […]



New York City’s transit agency unveils $836M subway plan

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:12:13 -0700

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NEW YORK (AP) — The head of New York City’s transit agency on Tuesday unveiled an $836 million plan to stabilize the beleaguered subway system, and promised that riders would see progress within the next year. Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joseph Lhota said it was the first phase of a larger subway action plan to […]



6 tips for shopping in Europe from Rick Steves

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:38:48 -0700

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Take the travel writer’s advice for shopping in Europe: Look for places you’re experiencing culture rather than collecting things.



Taraji P. Henson to host Black Girls Rock honoring Issa Rae

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:47:06 -0700

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NEW YORK (AP) — Taraji P. Henson will host BET’s 2017 Black Girls Rock Awards honoring “Insecure” creator and star Issa Rae and others. BET said the Oscar nominee and “Empire” actress will host the Aug. 5 event at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Rae, who is the also the writer behind […]



Having a panic attack? 10 quick tips to lessen your anxiety

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:37:44 -0700

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Not all of these tips will work for everyone, but if just one of them can help you avoid a panic attack, it’s worth keeping in your bag of tricks.



Grill-smoked fish answers all your summer needs — salads to spreads to omelets

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:29:42 -0700

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Fish smoked on a hot grill retains its moistness beautifully. It’ll also be less smoky than foods cooked in a smoker with an offset firebox or the vertical bullet smokers that let you smoke at relatively low temperatures.



Butter sculptures of cows, athletes, chocolate milk — it’s Ohio State Fair time

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:26:06 -0700

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A butter sculpture at this year’s Ohio State Fair includes the traditional cow and calf along with four student-athletes and a 6-foot-tall (1.8-meter-tall) bottle colored to look like chocolate milk. The American Dairy Association Mideast says the sculpture unveiled Tuesday salutes chocolate milk as the official drink of the Ohio High School […]



Has your diet become your religion? How to find balance in your food choices

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:20:26 -0700

Pick pretty much any religion or fad diet and you’ll find certain elements in common. Strict guidelines. The promise of personal transformation. But rigidity in your diet is not always the best option.



Seattle police after organizer cancels popular Magnuson Park movie nights: ‘The park is safe’

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:04:23 -0700

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Citing security concerns, the event's organizer said Magnuson Park might not be right for family-friendly events.



Strapped partner hurt by boyfriend’s planned Paris trip

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:00:00 -0700

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Talk to him about trip you would love to go on, too — but don’t freak out if you hear disheartening words.



Pisco, the perfect sipping brandy

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:00:00 -0700

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Pisco is mostly served in the United States in cocktails, but connoisseurs enjoy the high-quality version of the colorless grape brandy.



Westlake bike trail sculptures are awesome

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

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Dog owners are still in the doghouse, though, this time over using a middle school as a dog park.



Dining on roadkill: Washington residents gather 1,600 deer, elk in law’s first year

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

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Last July, the state fish and wildlife commission changed state code to allow the salvage of elk and deer accidentally killed by vehicles.



‘A painful and frustrating experience’: Horizon Air scheduling havoc will continue into the fall

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:22:08 -0700

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The pilot-shortage crisis at Alaska Air subsidiary Horizon Air continues after multiple flight cancellations. The airline is contracting with SkyWest as well as bringing in Alaska Airlines jets to handle hundreds of flights in the fall.



EmCare ‘ambushing’ patients with surprise ER bills, study says

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:32:28 -0700

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A study released Monday found that the rate of out-of-network doctor’s bills for customers of one large insurer jumped when EmCare, one of the nation’s largest emergency-rooms physician-staffing companies, entered a hospital.



‘Game of Thrones’ actor who played Hodor DJs in Las Vegas

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:46:03 -0700

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The actor who played a gentle giant named Hodor in the HBO show “Game of Thrones” has made his Las Vegas pool party debut. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2v0Ymq3 ) Irish actor Kristian Nairn performed as the DJ on Sunday at The Linq Hotel. The set marked his third gig […]



Yes, you can buy happiness — if you spend money to save time

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:59:13 -0700

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Survey respondents were asked whether they paid other people to do “unenjoyable daily tasks” in order to “increase their free time.” Those who answered yes were also more satisfied than those who didn’t pay those tasks away.